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    Barrack Obama Prescreens Reporters at Press Conference

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123431418276770899.html

    About half-way through President Obama's press conference Monday night, he had an unscripted question of his own. "All, Chuck Todd," the President said, referring to NBC's White House correspondent. "Where's Chuck?" He had the same strange question about Fox News's Major Garrett: "Where's Major?"

    The problem wasn't the lighting in the East Room. The President was running down a list of reporters preselected to ask questions. The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.


    Presidents are free to conduct press conferences however they like, but the decision to preselect questioners is an odd one, especially for a White House famously pledged to openness. We doubt that President Bush, who was notorious for being parsimonious with follow-ups, would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors. Mr. Obama can more than handle his own, so our guess is that this is an attempt to discipline reporters who aren't White House favorites.

    Few accounts of Monday night's event even mentioned the curious fact that the White House had picked its speakers in advance. We hope that omission wasn't out of fear of being left off the list the next time.









    This isn't the first time this has been brought up, but seems to be conformation that he is prescreening reporters just like Bush did. Of course, he's not getting ripped for it. There was talk of this in the pre-election thread but it was dismissed on these boards as being from a "crazy blogger" not a legitimate source.
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    I think that's pretty normal.
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    In as much as he was looking for Chuck Todd and then Major Garret, I guess you could say that the purpose of the list was to keep the questions fair and balanced. Now compare that to the list that included James Guckert (aka Jeff Gannon male escort posing as a conservative reporter) and it is a breath of fresh air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1e9a8r5s View Post
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123431418276770899.html

    About half-way through President Obama's press conference Monday night, he had an unscripted question of his own. "All, Chuck Todd," the President said, referring to NBC's White House correspondent. "Where's Chuck?" He had the same strange question about Fox News's Major Garrett: "Where's Major?"

    The problem wasn't the lighting in the East Room. The President was running down a list of reporters preselected to ask questions. The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.


    Presidents are free to conduct press conferences however they like, but the decision to preselect questioners is an odd one, especially for a White House famously pledged to openness. We doubt that President Bush, who was notorious for being parsimonious with follow-ups, would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors. Mr. Obama can more than handle his own, so our guess is that this is an attempt to discipline reporters who aren't White House favorites.

    Few accounts of Monday night's event even mentioned the curious fact that the White House had picked its speakers in advance. We hope that omission wasn't out of fear of being left off the list the next time.









    This isn't the first time this has been brought up, but seems to be conformation that he is prescreening reporters just like Bush did. Of course, he's not getting ripped for it. There was talk of this in the pre-election thread but it was dismissed on these boards as being from a "crazy blogger" not a legitimate source.
    Actually, I just happened to hear a radio interview with former Fox News White House correspondent Bret Baier -- who said that all presidents always have their "list" of whose questions they're going to answer that day.

    The press doesn't know the list before hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ari1013 View Post
    Actually, I just happened to hear a radio interview with former Fox News White House correspondent Bret Baier -- who said that all presidents always have their "list" of whose questions they're going to answer that day.

    The press doesn't know the list before hand.
    I don't doubt that at all. I just remember people complainging that Bush only took questions from preselected reporters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1e9a8r5s View Post
    I don't doubt that at all. I just remember people complainging that Bush only took questions from preselected reporters.
    What were't people going to find fault with when it came to Bush?
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    I believe Presidents also receive a list of prepared questions so they don't come off as ignorant or unintelligible due to being taken aback when they're answering.
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    They shoudl have prescreened the nut ball mcdonalds worker in Florida.

    Blue roll the clip IE post that clip you sent me.
    Therefore he doesn't exist
    So poof...vamoose son of a b itch

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmthBluCitrus View Post


    That's like a girl from Saigon, IE a 5 clapper, IE she is dirty IE hahaha now you got an STD
    Therefore he doesn't exist
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    I know what you do with baseballs -- and it disgusts me. HARRR
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabernetluver View Post
    In as much as he was looking for Chuck Todd and then Major Garret, I guess you could say that the purpose of the list was to keep the questions fair and balanced. Now compare that to the list that included James Guckert (aka Jeff Gannon male escort posing as a conservative reporter) and it is a breath of fresh air.
    First thing that came to my mind.....What ever became of that?

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